Culture & Criticism Since 2003
Death and public speaking – those are the two universal fears that tie us all together. For many, speaking in front of crowds is a dreadful impossibility as we collectively doubt ourselves and our ability to make a point stick. TED is a global network of conferences owned and operated by the non-profit Sapling Foundation; TED’s mission: “ideas worth spreading.” In turn, TED public speakers are considered to be some of the most accomplished in the world. Here, renowned public speaking coach Carmine Gallo presents the “nine secrets of all successful TED presentations” (secrets Gallo gleaned from interviewing TED presenters while digging into the psychological barriers that inhibit so many novice speakers). At once gentle, probing and authoritative, Talk Like TED arms you with knowledge – allowing for fears to be confronted and barriers obliterated. Read by the author (with Fred Berman and Kathleen McInerny).
Born in Manchester, singer-songwriter Steven Morrissey co-founded the Smiths in 1982 then went onto a brilliant solo career that saw him ascend the charts multiple times. Here, he boldly and eloquently tells his own story in his own words and on his own terms. In turn, we are presented with a blunt portrait of a passionate man on a unique path moving to his own personal rhythms. As most know, the autobiography is a risky genre that leaves the author no room to skirt sensitive areas or sanitize the juicy parts of the story. The second the writer tries it, he forever loses his reader, recasting himself as a phony and fraud with no backbone. Morrissey suffers no such fate – this book is nothing but endearing and honest. Read by David Morrissey.
This is really a gutsy book as it looks at sexual callousness from both the male and female perspective. Someone To Love tells the story of college student Kendall Jordan. Somewhat cold and distant, Kendall says that love is a creation of the mind. When she meets Cruise Elton, her point is proven: Elton is king of the one-night-stands who is as impersonal as they come. But along the way, Kendall somehow falls for the playboy and sets out to disprove her own belief system. On its face, this novel is mind-candy meant to be a get-away-from-it read. However, as the story unfolds, it turns darkly probing, examining the whole of our culture in real-time. Read by Will Damron and Amy Rubinate. Strong sexual content; readers 17 and older only.